Major Scale and Modes in 3 Octaves

Guitar Lesson

3 weeks ago

In this guitar lesson we will learn how to use position shifting and fretboard visualization to play a Major Scale and modes in 3 octaves.
Guitar Lesson Objectives:
  1. Extend what you already know about 3 note-per-string scale patterns and learn how to play Major Scale and modes in 3 octaves to cover more ground on the fretboard
  2. Develop position shifting skills as a way to navigate across the fretboard efficiently
Ok, got it - just take me to the exercises for this lesson!

In my series of introductory guitar lessons on the Major Scale and modes, I showed you various shapes for scales, including three-note-per-string shapes for playing across 6 strings.

As with most of my guitar lessons, now we will build on knowledge you already gained, and we will take your scale knowledge and technique to the next level. Now it is time to play 3 octave shapes which will be one of the most useful skills you can develop to achieve total freedom of motion across the fretboard.

Since I am a big believer in using visualization techniques for furthering one's mastery of the fretboard, I will show you how to use symmetries on the fretboard for each scale/mode as a way to get these 3 octave scale shapes implanted in your mind's eye. So let's get started!

Exercises in this Major Scales Guitar Lesson

Major Scale Across 3 Octaves Using Repeatable Pattern


In this exercise you will play a Major Scale in 3 octaves by using a unique, repeating pattern that lends itself to visualization.